Transitional City

Text and images from the book Christchurch: The Transitional City Pt IV. The book documents projects created in response to the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Last updated
10:50pm 6th November 2017
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Collection
Identifier
qsr-collection:777

Contains 588 items in 176 collections


Nom Nom and Best Demo 2012
Nom Nom and Best Demo 2012
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Nom Nom and Best Demo 2012'. The project description reads:
Nom Nom: A paste up of a crane eating the city building by building.Best Demo 2012: A paste up award for the quality demolition of the Crowne Plaza.
Contains 4 items
Now Panic and Freak Out
Now Panic and Freak Out
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Now Panic and Freak Out'. The project description reads, "A suburban stencil painting on a residential property playing on the predominance of the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' phrase".
Contains 2 items
Occupy Otautahi-Christchurch
Occupy Otautahi-Christchurch
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Occupy Otautahi-Christchurch'. The project description reads, "A local manifestation of the global protest process that swept through many major cities of the world starting on 15 October 2011, calling for economic and therefore social justice in the face of increasing global financial collapse brought about by institutionalised greed and corruption globally and therefore, of course, locally. It had its 'official' beginning with what became known as Occupy Wall St in NYC, USA a month earlier, and was directly inspired by what has been called the 'Arab Spring' throughout the Arab world. Having no central city to 'Occupy' due to the earthquake, Occupy Otautahi- Christchurch chose a slightly less 'in the public eye' location, which meant it became the last Aotearoa NZ Occupy camp still standing six months later".
Contains 1 item
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer'. The project description reads, "Michael Parekowhai's spectacular Venice Biennale installation came to Christchurch for its first post-Biennale showing in New Zealand. Original plans to site the work at Christchurch Art Gallery were revised following the earthquake and instead it was located at the Gallery's temporary off-site space in Madras Street. A richly carved red Steinway piano was played throughout the exhibition in a room overlooking the inner-city red zone, while on the vacant ground below two bronze grand pianos, each supporting a life-sized cast bull, took their place amongst the earthquake debris. A second black piano was used for duets on special occasions throughout the duration of the show, and acted as a plinth for five small bronze casts of olive trees when not in use".
Contains 1 item
Orange Tree
Orange Tree
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Orange Tree'. The project description reads, "It was created as a centrepiece for the announcement of the distribution of a one-off special $25 million fund by Canterbury Community Trust. The fund was for the restoration of the fabric of the community since the earthquake, hence the 25 little trees and the use of fabric for the installation. The use of hi-vis fabric reflected the ubiquitous presence within Christchurch. The wrapping was a symbolic bandage".
Contains 1 item
Ortszeit/Local Time
Ortszeit/Local Time
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Ortszeit/Local Time'. The project description reads, "An open air exhibition of photographs documenting architectural change in East Germany at the fall of the Berlin Wall and ten years after".
Contains 6 items
Out of the Box
Out of the Box
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Out of the Box'. The project description reads, "Out of the Box is a contemporary and vintage furniture shop. Located on Sumner's main commercial street, the shop is built out of two long shipping containers. The limited width of the space inside the containers makes it an unusual space for a showroom: visitors wanting to explore the exhibition have to follow a winding path between the furniture pieces, including some items hanging from the roof".
Contains 1 item
Outdoor Music Room
Outdoor Music Room
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Outdoor Music Room'. The project description reads, "A semi-private space in which to locate a donated 'public piano' under a rain cover and stage area - for intimate concerts and music practice. Plants in soil-filled tyres. Access via stepping stones through a garden strip between two shipping containers".
Contains 4 items
Oxford Terrace Temporary Streetscape and Interpretation
Oxford Terrace Temporary Streetscape and Interpretation
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Oxford Terrace Temporary Streetscape and Interpretation'. The project description reads:
The Oxford Terrace streetscape project acknowledges the significance of the Avon River/Otakaro and celebrates the rich Maori cultural heritage and natural environment of the river corridor.The painted streetscape, designed by Priscilla Cowie, a visual artist of Ngai Tahu, Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahu descent, celebrates the importance of the natural ecology of the Avon River/Otakaro historically and into the future.Seating reused from the Colombo Street bus interchange adds further colour to the area.The interpretation consisted of three panels, which were developed in consultation with Ngai Tahu. The panels highlighted existing heritage, as well as recovery projects, along the Avon River/Otakaro, interpreted the Oxford Terrace streetscape artwork by Priscilla Cowie, and presented a future vision for the Avon River Park/Papa o Otakaro.
Contains 1 item
Pages Rd Fulton Hogan Site Mural
Pages Rd Fulton Hogan Site Mural
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Pages Rd Fulton Hogan Site Mural'. The project description reads, "It includes the idea of loss and hope. The students interpreted Christchurch's emotional and physical landscape. The birds of the wet-land area are prominent. It features the Maori Taniwha in the belly of Papatuanuku and Ruaumoko the god of earthquakes and volcanos. There are also Pasifika icons of tapa siapo, a turtle, and an eagle".
Contains 1 item
Phoenix Wall Re-Painted...
Phoenix Wall Re-Painted...
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Phoenix Wall Re-Painted...'. The project description reads, "The first mural we painted within a month or so of the February quake was a memorial mural down the train tracks, on Riccarton Rd beside the Shell station (Hagley Park end). At that stage our mood was very much a reflection of what had happened, and we wanted to pay tribute. Six months later when we decided to do the Phoenix wall, the mood had definitely changed and had transitioned to wanting to paint more uplifting images for the community. It felt like 'people' were entering a new phase of wanting to look forward. I was born and raised in Sydenham, and continue to live here today so I definitely like to give the area some love".
Contains 2 items
Piko Shop Site
Piko Shop Site
Material relating to a Transitional Cities project, titled 'Piko Shop Site'. The project description reads, "A public seating area, recycled path surfaces and robust planting designed for low maintenance. Used recycled wooden pallet materials predominantly, for planters and decking. Five tree planters brought here ex-Victoria Green park".
Contains 7 items